Aug 19, 2010

NEW CoP VOWS TO REDUCE CRIME|Newsd@y


Canadian Dwayne Gibbs will assume his official duty as Commissioner of Police on September 15 and has already given the assurance that the country can expect a reduction in crime.

Government sources also indicated yesterday that it is only a formality for Cabinet to approve the contract and remuneration package for Gibbs who has already accepted the challenge to lead the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service.

Cabinet is expected to approve Gibbs’ contract next Thursday when its weekly meeting will be chaired by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar who returns on Sunday after a ten-day visit to New York.

Gibbs, 58, yesterday stated his intention to solicit the advice of all stakeholders before he embarks on his quest to make Trinidad and Tobago (TT) a safe society and a place where criminals will be on the run.

He also made it clear that every anti-crime initiative will be implemented in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies and the public.

He has set a goal of fostering a better relationship between the police and the public. Gibbs, a father of three, yesterday resigned his position as chief executive officer of the Mustard Seed Foundation in Canada in preparation for his new job.

“I will be in Trinidad on September 15 to begin my new journey,” said Gibbs in a telephone interview from Canada.

Canadian Dwayne Gibbs will assume his official duty as Commissioner of Police on September 15 and has already given the assurance that the country can expect a reduction in crime.

Those words will be on the minds and lips of Trinidadians for the next three years as Dwayne Gibbs (new Commissioner of Police) takes the helm of a beaten police service in Trinidad and Tobago. He will be under scrutiny from day one when he arrives "in Trinidad on September 15 to begin my new journey".

There is no doubt that it will take him some time to get a feel of the Trini mentality to take just about everything for granted. That is something that he needs to deal with as the Police service cannot take anything for granted when dealing with the criminal element that has plagued the society for years now. The situation is unacceptable and needs to be be addressed with strict rules and regulations. It is obvious that the Police service needs change and it is hoped that the new team put in place by this present government will bring about the change that every Trinidadian yearns for - we can only hope that the change will have a positive effect across the system of policing.

I have hope and will be watching to see how swiftly the changes in crime detection are implemented and how the changes positively impact the system. Good luck to Mr. Gibbs and the newly installed administrative team.

 
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